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Dive Review of Avalon/Ocean Doctor in
Cuba/Jardines de la Reina

May, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Nissenbaum, CA, US (2 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
"Cuba - Land & Sea Adventure"
Report Number 8055 has 4 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Hawaii, Florida Keys, Jamaica,
West coast Mexico, Channel Islands, Monterey
Closest Airport
Getting There
American Air flight to Havana
from Miami, all arranged by
Ocean Doctor

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive plan provided. But everyone allowed to dive per experience level and
air capacity.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Avalon is very accommodating to UWP. Noel Lopez, the head of dive
operations, is an avid and excellent photographer. Noel and others assist
UWPs in every way possible.  ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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5 stars  

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I had wanted to go to Cuba for many years to visit the island and dive,
long before the Anderson Cooper 60 Minutes feature. I had long had a
fascination with Cuba and its political/social history, as well as the
tales of ocean conditions resembling the Caribbean of decades past. 
I had for years looked into planning a trip, but hadnt done so due to the
complications as a US citizen of needing to enter Cuba from Mexico or the
Caribbean. Then I saw the Anderson Cooper feature and knew I wanted to go
soon, before the inevitable time when relations will again normalize with
the US government and American economic interests and tourists will change
the island forever. That time is coming, probably after Castro passes on,
but its coming.  
I had an old friend living in the DC area who had a connection to the Ocean
Doctor organization based in DC, and last Christmas time I received an
invite from him to go on the maiden voyage of  ...
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